Rashad Kinlaw talks Rutgers, Recruiting

Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) quarterback Rashad Kinlaw holds and offer from Rutgers and is getting heavy interest from plenty of other schools. He is spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, his relationship with Rutgers, his position in college and much more.

Through all the changes in the Rutgers staff, one constant kept Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) athlete Rashad Kinlaw feeling fine about the in-state school.

Assistant coach Phil Galiano remained on staff, and that is big to the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Kinlaw.

"That's who I talk to the most besides when coach (Greg) Schiano was there," Kinlaw said. "I've been up there three times, and I talk to (Galiano) every couple of days."

Even with the transition from Schiano to new coach Kyle Flood, Kinlaw remains a priority for the Scarlet Knights in the 2013 class. His lone offer remains from Rutgers, although that could change as early as Saturday when he ventures to Penn State for junior day.

Kinlaw is also receiving heavy interest from, Ohio State, Boston College, Maryland, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Iowa and Alabama, and more offers are expected to come as winter turns to spring.

Schools are recruiting Kinlaw for a variety of positions, and he is open to many of them.

He played quarterback exclusively last season but suffered a broken fibula early on and missed the rest of the season. But as a senior he will also play cornerback and return punts and kicks.

"When I first entered the recruiting process, I was thinking, ‘Yes, I want to be (a quarterback),' " Kinlaw said. "But now as I talk to more and more schools and they talk to me about being an athlete and you could still have the ball in your hands and you don't have to be a quarterback, I don't really think I want to play quarterback at the next level.

"I think I have the mechanics as a quarterback, but most quarterbacks are probably bigger than me in size and weight, and I have a lot of ability that can be used as a corner. And I've got a lot of speed and I'm good with the ball in my hands as a kick and punt returner, and I play corner so I have experience as a corner."

After the visit to Penn State, Kinlaw is planning trips to Maryland and Boston College. Others could follow, but he is the most familiar with Rutgers.

"They put off a strong vibe toward education and make sure their student-athletes are getting the grades they're supposed to be getting," Kinlaw said. "They have a whole bunch of things (in place) to make sure things get done."

Kinlaw knows Galiano, he is getting to know the rest of the staff.

"I'm starting to get to know more of them. I just got some mail from the new coaches, introducing themselves to me," he said. "(Flood) sent me something in the mail introducing himself to me, but I don't know too much about him."

Although Kinlaw isn't listing favorites and is in the process of formulating what he wants in a school, location could play a big factor in his decision.

"I figure something close, like on the east coast," he said, "so (family) can drive and see me."


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